Train of Health brings free, quality health care to remote regions of Tajikistan

Ministry of Health, Tajikistan

Taking blood pressure was just one of the services available at the Train of Health campaign, bringing free, quality health care to people in remote areas of Tajikistan

The Tajikistan Ministry of Health launched its annual Train of Health campaign in July, bringing clinical specialists and equipment to three rural areas of Tajikistan in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast.

Over 70 highly qualified health professionals, teachers and professors from the Tajik State Medical University, the Tajik Postgraduate Institute and national medical institutions were involved in the initiative, which provides free, quality health care to people in remote areas. The participating clinicians, from neurologists to tuberculosis specialists, were accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Sohibnazar Rahmonov.

Wide range of health services provided

The specialists brought with them all the necessary medical equipment, such as ultrasound, and ear, nose and throat equipment. A mobile fluoroscopy unit (producing moving x-ray images) travelled out to the furthest areas of Badakhshan. The initiative provides quality health care as well as cost savings for Badakhshan residents who cannot afford to travel to medical centres. All the services were provided free of charge, with thirty eye operations and four complex abdominal surgical operations conducted in two days alone.

As well as helping patients, visiting experts advised local colleagues on methodology and assessed local health workers.

Health Day in Khorog, Tajikistan

Health Day was celebrated on 19 July in the city of Khorog, with an event attended by Dr Nousratullo Salimov, Minister of Health of Tajikistan, Mr Kodiri Qosim, Chairman of the Gorno-Badakhshan Oblast, and Dr Pavel Ursu, Head of the WHO Country Office, Tajikistan, as well as development partners and representatives of the Aga Khan Foundation. At the event, invitees learned more about the founding of a regional tuberculosis centre and a regional centre of medical expertise.